Sci/tech

Gray Birds Cover 40,000 Miles Annually
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sooty shearwaters may not look like much, but when it comes to travel they put marathoners, cyclists and pretty much everyone else to shame.

Balloons Work with Satellite to Gauge Bad Air Days
August 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The weather outside was frightful: hot, humid and layered with a haze of pollution so thick it seemed it could be cut with a machete -- a perfect day to use balloons and a satellite to monitor some bad air.

Experts Think DNA Technique May Save Whales
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Australian researchers said Thursday that analyzing the skin flakes of some whales could help determine their age, a development that could invalidate one argument for killing them.

NASA Joins Search for Elusive Woodpecker
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

NASA used a laser-equipped research aircraft to fly over the Big Woods area of the Mississippi Delta to learn more about the ivory-billed woodpecker's potential habitat, the U.S. space agency said Thursday.

Summer Nights Heating Up, Scientists Say
August 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

America in recent years has been sweltering through three times more than its normal share of extra-hot summer nights, government weather records show. And that is a particularly dangerous trend.

Politics, Bugs Slow Tsunami Alarm System
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Within weeks of the devastating 2004 quake and tsunami, governments across the Indian Ocean vowed to establish a warning system that would protect their coastal residents from another disaster.

Oceans Teem with Bacteria, Study Shows
August 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

The oceans are teeming with 10 to 100 more types of bacteria than previously believed, many of them unknown, according to a study released on Monday that has jolted scientists' understanding of evolution in the seas.

U.S. Power Group Promoting Global Warming Skeptic
July 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A Colorado electricity cooperative is urging other power groups to support global warming skeptics and has donated $100,000 to a climatologist who has labeled some of his colleagues "alarmists."

Researchers Discover New Type of Cricket
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers say they have discovered a new type of cricket in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. What makes the new genus of cricket special is that it has functional pincers on its hind end.

Study Hints Language Skills Came Early in Primates
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Language centers in the brains of rhesus macaques light up when the monkeys hear calls and screams from fellow monkeys, researchers said in a study that suggests language skills evolved early in primates.

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